How do you buy books, and discover new authors?

How do you buy books, and discover new authors?

I’d like to know the answer, please! Comment below. Me? I buy books on a whim. Some of the time, but mostly not, though sometimes I do. It depends. I find myself browsing the shelves of used book stores and new book stores, and I will buy several books, and then go home and read maybe one or two of them, get tired of that stack, and go look for more. Every once in a while, I’ll get to those left over books, months later, or years later, or sometime I don’t. Every few years, I have a great book purge where I give away tons of books. Many are left unread, however many more are read, some reread over and over again, some reread religiously every couple of years. I think about this a lot, and through the years, I’ve tried to figure out what makes me not only buy a book, but eventually read it; because I sell books that I have written myself, and having some concrete knowledge on the mechanisms of buying and reading books would be good knowledge for me to have. Mostly, though, I buy and read books like I live my life, seemingly randomly and circuitously. I set goals that I rarely meet, build lists that over time I accomplish only to certain degrees. By setting goals and building lists, what I find though, are my true goals and aspirations. And so it goes with the buying and reading of books. It often has to do with friends and booksellers alike, as well as radio shows, other authors, the internet, and obviously,...